11 “I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the Lord all that night.
12 Early in the morning Samuel got up and went to meet Saul, but he was told, “Saul has gone to Carmel. There he has set up a monument in his own honor and has turned and gone on down to Gilgal.”
God’s comment about Saul was an expression of sorrow. He had not made an error when he had chosen Saul to be king. God cannot make a mistake. Saul had choices, and he began to make choices based only off himself. He put himself first. God changed his attitude toward Saul when Saul changed. Saul’s heart no longer belonged to God. It belonged to his own interests. Saul even built a monument to himself! He gave all the credit to himself. This is a completely opposite attitude from Moses and Joshua. Moses and Joshua gave all the credit to God. Who are you giving credit to in your life? Do you give God credit and put him first? Look into this, and if you need to make changes in your attitude and whom you put first, put God first.